Clinical Corner November Answer

Clinical Corner: November answer

Last month we asked you:

What is your diagnosis of the image above?

a) Tension pneumothorax

b) Oesophageal foreign body, most likely a chicken carcass

c) Heart based tumor

d) Pulmonary abcessation


The answer is...

Tension pneumothorax. This is characterised by lungs compressed by the pressure of the free air within the chest cavity (see arrows).

If this dog does not have immediate thoracocentesis to relieve the build-up of free air within the pleural cavity it will almost certainly die. This is a true emergency!

What equipment would you need to perform thoracocentesis? 

68.63% of you answered this question correctly - well done, this was a difficult one!

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